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against moammar gadhafi is now entering it's fifth month and is at a stalemate. and while we have been hearing a lot about the rebel forces in benghazi, east of the capital, the big push now is from the western front, a lot closer to tripoli. nbc's mike tiabbi is thehere inn maloot. where the rebels say they're preparing for an all-out assault on gadhafi's center of power. mike, good evening. >> reporter: brian the rebels here say they have a better shot at getting to tripoli and getting to moammar gadhafi than those in the east who have been stalled hundreds of miles away for months. but gadhafi is fighting back too, turning his town into a ghost town. three more platoons of rebel soldiers ready to join the war. the training here in maloot, just 40 miles from the border crossing in tunisia the rebels control. they also control almost all the mountain towns along the main highway supplying the gadhafi regime in tripoli. now the rebels are aiming for the town of garyan, less than 60 miles from the capital. the commander of the rebel forces who asked not to be identified because of fear
moammar gadhafi to step down. several high level gadhafi regime officials lead by the u.s. ambassador who was recalled from tripoli when the uprising began five months ago. the meeting was to deliver this blunt mess rage. gadhafi has no choice but to yield power. these u.s. officials tell me no additional meeting is planned because gadhafi must go was clearly delivered. but a gadhafi spokesman in a conversation with our ivan watson had a different take. >> this is the first step and we welcome any further steps and we are prepared to talk war and explain what is happening in libya. we don't want to be in the community. >> who participate? >> if i may, you know, it's not the time to name people but, you know, it's a first step dialogue, okay. >> but it was direct face-to-face in indonesia on saturday? >> yes. >> ivan watson with us live from the libyan capital. ivan, fascinating reporting there. what was the answer when the united states delegation, as i'm told, he has to go. it's nonnegotiable. he has to go soon. i assume the libyans want to drag this out. >> reporter: well, in that conve
the battlefield in libya. new u.s. intelligence assessments show cracks in the regime that suggest moammar gadhafi might finally be ready to discuss an exit strategy. well, perhaps. but our ben wedeman and his crew saw a short time ago an effort by pro-gadhafi forces to retake the town 60 miles south of the libyan capital of tripoli. >> get in the car. >> you guys. wait. [ bleep ] >> get in, mary. >> wait. wait, wait, wait. wait! >> wait, wait, wait! you in, mary? >> yeah, i'm in. >> okay, just calm down. >> we're cool. down! down! >> we're leaving this area because there's gunfire all around us, and we believe that gadhafi's forces are doing a roundabout move. so we are rushing out of this area. >> ben wedeman is safe, with us now live from zintan in western libya. it's harrowing to watch that footage. you're on the ground there about 50 miles south of tripoli. what happened? when did you first hear the gunfire and realize that things were going bad? >> reporter: we had gone to the outskirts of goholish to investigate this report from human rights watch that the rebels had vandalized property and
of being a double agent with ties to the gadhafi regime. it's not clear tonight who is responsible for the killing, but rebel security forces say they have a suspect under arrest. meanwhile, of course, the fight goes on, every day, every hour. and our own mike taibbi is with rebel forces in the mountains outside tripoli, in the town of nalut. a place they've controlled almost from the start of the conflict five months back. and as mike reports tonight, the rebels have launched a new assault on gadhafi forces just today. >> reporter: we saw rocket after rocket fired by rebel fighters from mountain top positions to the valley below. the plan was to once and for all clear gadhafi forces from two valley towns where they were stubbornly dug in. from those towns gadhafi's troops had been bombing towns like nalut, and they threaten to try to retake the nearby border crossing with tunisia. if the rebels were to lose that crossing, a run to tripoli would be an impossibility. in the early morning haze, the rebels pounded their targets for hours. at this range it's an artillery war. these are
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from clornl gadhafi's side. we have this report. >> it was the highest profile defection to the libyan rebellion. a man who had helped colonel gadhafi seize power, now switching sides. he gave credibility to the fighters of the east. his experience made him the ideal man to lead the rebel armed forces. he could speak as an equal to the libyan leader, something he did in a bbc interview just days into the conflict. translator: my dear brother, when benghazi said you should realize, i hoped you would leave. may god show you the righteous way and stop the annihilation of our people. >> but his relationship with gadhafi arouse suspicion. some believe he never defected. others refused to obey his comma. rumors swirled he was still in contact with eitegime. he was gunned down on his way to answer questions about slow progress on the front lines. there is word he was gunned down by the men who were sent to pick him up. in the western mountains, rebels claim they have driven gadhafi's forces from a keyboarder town. in miss rata, they are planning aattack. in the east there are try i tribes tha
brings him home. finding uprising to overthrow gadhafi in libya, tear apart a baltimore mother and her son. an independent journalist now at the center of an international mystery. mcdike is an adventurer who usually left his home to explore the middle east. this spring he felt a calling to witness history when the libyan people were trying to overturn the government. he fearlessly headed straight to the action. >> not only is he witnessing it, he's in the middle of someone elses war. >> reporter: the last time she heard his voice was on march 12. he told her he was headed from benganzi to brega and he would call the next day. frank tick sharon called matthew's cell phone 30 times a day. finally someone picked up and it was a man with an arabic accent not her son. >> i told him, why do you have my son's voice. he said i hope you find your son and he hung up. >> reporter: matthew seems to have completely disappeared. >> where do you think matthew is right now? you think he's in prison. >> oh, yes. gadhafi has bunkers all over the country. so i think matthew is in one of them. >> reporte
to libya where the uprising against moammar gadhafi is entering its five month and is now at a stalemate and though we have been hear about benghazi east of the capital, now it's west of the front, a lot closer to tripoli. mike tiabbi is there where the rebels say they're preparing for an all-out assault on gadhafi's center of power. mike, good evening. >> reporter: brian the rebels here say they have a better shot to getting to tripoli and getting to moammar gadhafi than those in the east who have been fighting for months. but gadhafi is fighting back too, turning his town into a ghost town. three more platoons of libyan soldiers ready to join the war. the training here in maloot, just 40 miles from the border crossing in tunisia the rebels control. they also control all the main towns along the main highway, now the rebels are aiming for the town of garyan. the commander of the rebel forces who asked not to be identified because of fear of retribution against his family. right now, gadhafi -- they can't keep gadhafi's arrest tilly from raining down in the dead of night. so many homes a
rebels and pro-gadhafi forces, just where do things stand? nbc's stephanie gosk is in tripoli, libya tonight. stephanie? >> reporter: good evening, kate. this is one of the largest rallies we've seen in recent weeks. thousands of supporters came out with guns and flags to show their support. gadhafi phoned in to state tv to address the crowd and to warn nato if they continued with this bombardment, that their countries would be next, their homes, offices and families. this speech was just 24 hours after his daughter told french tv that the government is actually in informal talks with the rebels. she then went on to call the rebels the devil. not exactly diplomatic language. kate? >> after months, where do we stand now? are the rebel forces making any gains? are we any closer to gadhafi stepping down? >> reporter: well, if the idea is that rebel forces will make a big push into tripoli and force him to step aside, that's unlikely to happen any time soon. they have been making progress southwest of here. they've been battling over the city of bir al ghanim. today gadhafi's forces push
. gadhafi still controls tripoli, but on the ground, the rebels fighting in the western mountains could use support from the international community. nbc's mike tiabbi has been in the fight this week and reports from the town of qawalish in that region. >> reporter: by any measure, this has clearly been an up and down week for the rebels, winning and losing and fighting to retake a single town, wrk qawalish that would have moved them one notch closer to tripoli. the new promise of international, financial and political support was welcome news for these fighters. said former gadhafi air force colonel, who's now fighting for the rebels. is that good news for you to hear? >> exactly, it's very, very good news and gives us more of a chance to give freedom to our people and our country, especially. >> reporter: the chances for a rebel victory seemed limited in our two visits to the changing front line earlier in the week. we all stick together, right? okay. >> reporter: we saw very young fighters going into battle with home made rocket launchers and then scattering with gadhafi's heavier artill
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nights and get a $75 prepaid card. >>> in libya, eight opposition fighters that gadhafi regime were killed and dozens wounded in the western part of the country. rebel forces regained control of the village of qawalish in a five-hour battle. rebel leaders say gadhafi's forces have been bringing in weapons from other surrounding areas using a highway from tripoli. ben wedeman and his crew were ambushed by gadhafi loyalists and caught gunfire. take a look. >> you guys, wait! [ bleep ] >> no, wait. wait! wait! wait! >> wait wait wait! >> you in, mary? >> yeah, i'm in. >> okay. just calm down. [ bleep ] >> get down! >> okay. we're leaving this area because there's gunfire all around us. and we believe that gadhafi's forces are doing a roundabout movement so we are rushing out of this area. >> i've watched that, ben, i've watched that video now multiple times. every time my heart is still racing. everyone in your crew is okay, yes? >> reporter: yeah. everybody's fine. in fact, that was just the beginning of a very long day. and there were other instances where we had to hug the dirt as w
intervention in libya. there continues to be a stalemate. but there are reports gadhafi is considering stepping aside, if he is granted asylum in another country. france spearheaded the nato-led campaign in libya, along with britain to support rebel forces. >>> the uprising in libya is at the center of a local mother's search. her son, a baltimore journalist, disappeared during the first week of the struggle. mary joins us now with more on the story. >> reporter: karen van dyke has travel to the other side of the world and will not give up until she brings her son home. >> overthrowing moammar gadhafi in libya. tear apart a baltimore mother and her son, an independent journalist, at the center of an international mystery. matthew van dyke is an adventurer who frequently left his south baltimore home to explore the middle east on the back of a motorcycle. this spring, he felt a calling to witness history, when the libyan people were trying to overthrow their government. his mother said he headed fearlessly for the action. >> not only was he witnessing, he was right smack in the middle of it. he
continue to bomb gadhafi's forces. jets destroyed a military storage facility and other targets near tripoli. this is days after key international players recognized libya's rebel leadership as the country's legitimate representative. >>> the situation is in libya is testern at the one of one local mother's search. her son a baltimore journalist disappeared during the first week of the struggle 122 days ago. the another traveled to the other side of the globe trying to bring him home. >> reporter: matthew vandyke has been missing since march. there is not one day that goes by where her mother doesn't do something, write an e-mail, make a phone call or try to travel across the world to find her son. >> an up rising to overthrow moammar gadhafi in libya, tear apart a baltimore mother and son an independent journalist at the center of an international mystery. matthew vandyke is an adventurer who frequently left his south baltimore home to explore the middle east on the back of a motorcycle. he wanted to witness history when the libyan people were trying to overthrow their country. his
. >> sober reporting. thanks. >>> tonight the libya rebels trying to ought gadhafi have the official blessing of the united states government. secretary of state clinton traveling in turkey today where she explained why the united states has now sdwied to recognize the opposition as libya's that jit matt governmle. >> the united states is impressed by the progress made in laying the ground work for a successful transition to a unified democratic libya which protects the rights of all of its citizens including women and minority groups. >> this designation gives the rebels more stature and potentially more resources. the united states can now transfer for the national transition con sill assets of the gadhafi regime being held frozen in u.s. bank accounts. ben wedeman is live for us tonight. ben, to the rebels who have been asking for this recognition from the united states for months, who does this mean? do they view it as significant or it too little too late? >> reporter: they do view it as significant because as you alluded to, they're desperately in need of money. we spoke to the finance
and we believe that gadhafi forces are doing a round about movements so we are rushing out of this area. >> this reminds us just how dangerous and desperate the life has become for the libyan people. we're going to talk to ben live from libya later. >>> india police say it is going to take more to pinpoint who is behind the triple bomb blast in mumbai. it killed 18 people. no intelligence is pointing to anything imminent. for now the minister says anything hostile to india is suspect. >>> don't give it another shot. today, the president, congressional leaders have been going back and forth on a debt ceiling increase for about a week now. the deadline is august 2nd. otherwise the u.s. may not be able to pay its bills. so far, little to show but ex as sper rags. eric cantor and then walked out of the talks. we're going to talk to the policy as well as the personality clash in a moment. >>> well, americans have a personal credit score and governments have a debt rating. moodys, one of three debt rating agencies is reviewing the u.s. rating for a possible downgrade. governments with lower r
. appreciate it. >>> a new warning from moammar gadhafi to europe, the libyan leader is vowing vengeance for nato's bombing in his country, he says homes in europe could be targets. >> instead of issuing threats, gadhafi should put the well-being and the interests of his own people first and he should step down from power and help facilitate a democratic transition that will meet the aspirations of the libyan people. >> a state department spokesman says the u.s. takes gadhafi's threats seriously and will continue to support nato's mission in libya. >>> a travel alert in mexico this weekend. authorities are urging americans to stay away from the border in mexico. a mexican drug cartel plans to target americans for kidnappings in nuevo laredo. >>> michele bachmann is in iowa today, and steve travis was the only reporter allowed to speak with bachmann today. >> it's very important to be here and have a presence here because the values and the opinions that people have in iowa, they count for the nation, so it's important that we come here, this is the breadbasket of the world for a reason.
warning from the u.s. to gadhafi. secretary of state clinton says the libyan leaders threats will not deter the mission in libya. >> nato has begun ramping up airstrikes in western rebels in that region claim they are making a string of advances -- of advances against gadhafi's forces. leland vittert streaming live with the latest. >> reporter: the frontline is about 35 miles from where i am right now. that's about 80 miles from tripoli. while the nato airstrikes continue to pound gadhafi's military targets, the rebels still appear to not either have military discipline or hardware needed to make those advances. here inside this besieged city folks are taking stock there. is now a deadly silence on what was misrata's main drag. as people walk through the rubble, survey the damage and see what little is left. >> we went out one half month and come back to see our houses, destroyed and stolen, all things are stolen. >> reporter: in the shadow of collapsed buildings crews work to pull new telephone cables and repair the destroyed infrastructure. these buildings can be repaired
in the protests. >>> fighting in libya is intensifying as pro gadhafi forces block the rebels' advance as they try to get to the capitol of tripoli. the international criminal court issued an arrest warrant for gadhafi, his son and libya's top five for crimes against humanity humanity saying warrant gives them authority to arrest gadhafi. >>> now even the military is cutting back on positions after the troubling jobs report, details coming up right here on the news edge at 11:00 and atlantis lifted off safely today. so what does the future hold for american manned spaceflights? we'll look at what's to come and take a look at some of the other stories on our rundown for tonight. the news edge at 11:00 is coming right back. >> this is fox 5 news edge at 11:00.  >>> no rest for congress this month. the house of representatives is cancelling their mid-july recess to work on the debt limit. the treasury department says the nation's debt limit must be raised by august 2nd or the country could go into default. >>> slow job growth the last month contributed to an increase in the j
states now recognizes the rebel movement fighting moammar gadhafi as the legitimate governing authority in libya. it's an amazing development since it may allow the rebels access to gadhafi regime assets frozen by the u.s. at the same time, human rights watch accuses rebels in libya of beating civilians and looting their homes. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman went to one of the four villages, but then he and his crew got caught in a cross fire, watch. . >> reporter: this is how our day started, being shotted a about gadhafi loyalists. >> there's gun fire all around us, and we believe that gadhafi's forces are doing a round about movement. so we are rushing out of this area. guys, alex? we're going as fast as we can. we can't tell who the -- straight through there. is the other car behind us? >> it's behind us, yes. >> reporter: that's a lot of gun fire. continuing to come through. gadhafi's forces apparently have entered qawalish, the town the rebels entered on the 16th of july and there's talk they might be building up forces to make a counter attack and it appears
, new rumors surface about gadhafi giving up power. >>> clashes in egypt. did anyone think the syrian rebellion could last this long? >>> we're going to check on wall street before the bell, a new warning that greece could still default on its debt. >>> after last week's great run, could the markets take a dive. >>> first a look at the president's schedule. it's all off camera on paper. we say that on paper. he has his first meeting with the new defense secretary, leon panetta. you're watching "the daily rundown" on msnbc. plus vitamin d to help maintain healthy blood pressure. [ bat cracks ] that's a hit. one a day men's. is now honey nut cheerios! yup, america's favorite. so we're celebrating the honey sweetness, crunchy oats and... hey! don't forget me!! honey nut cheerios. make it your favorite too! here's the truth: allstate can also protect your home or apartment. as well as your boat, motorcycle, rv, and snowmobile. and even your retirement and your life. not many insurance companies can say that. but allstate can. now that you know the truth, know this: the more of your world
.s. government officials holding face to face talks with representatives of moammar gadhafi's regime. both sides confirming discussions, but the united states emphasizing this was not, repeat, not a negotiation. cnn's ivan watson was the first to report this development. he's joining us from the libyan capital of triboli. what happened here? tell our viewers what we know. >> well, this was a secret meeting that took place on saturday in tunisia, involving high-ranking u.s. government officials and representatives of mommar gadhafi's internationally isolated regime. and we were finally able to confirm that this meeting, this secret meeting took place when we spoke with gadhafi's government spokesman just a few hours ago. take a listen to this exclusive video. >> is this the first step? >> this is the first step. we welcome any further steps and we are prepared to go back to libya and go forward. we don't want to be stuck in the past. we are people that want to go forward all the time. if i may, it's not the time now to name people, but, you know, it's a first step dialogue. >> but it was direct f
, this conflict would be gone now. gadhafi will go, he will go, and the question is when, and what role did the united states of america play in supporting these people who are fighting for freedom? what role did the united states of america play in trying to free up gadhafi's ill-gotten gains and have them given to the transition national counsel? what role did the united states play in leading from behind in libya? the united states of america leads, not nato. we lead nato. when someone says nato is leading on this conflict, e would remind my colleagues that the 28 members of nato, only eight members are actually in the fight, and one of our major allies, germany, has taken a hike, so if we had used the ac-30 gun ships, the a-10 wart hog closed air support capability, gadhafi would be gone now, but the fact is he will go, and it's up to us in my view to express our support of people who are seeking the saim rights and freedoms that are guaranteed to us, so -- and i would remind my colleagues who said we never should have been involved in any way. it is a fact that gadhafi hen as forces we
: thousands of people taking to the streets in the capitol of libya supporting the dictator, moammar gadhafi, while rebels are making gains miles away. we've got a live report straight ahead. >> arthel: it is the bottom of the hour. time for the top of the news. hugo chavez is leaving his country to undergo cancer treatment in cuba. he just returned from cuba last month after having surgery to remove a malignant tumor. >> rick: secretary of state hillary clinton in turkey talking tough with the nato ally. she is expressing concerns over turkey's recent crackdown on journalists and religious freedom. >> arthel: final movie in the harry potter franchise casting a spell in the box office, rake not guilty a record breaking first day haul totaling more than $92 million. >> rick: arizona senator john mccain talking tough this week to fellow gop lawmakers, including the congresswoman from minnesota, michelle bachman, who is running for president. taking her to task for opposing a debt ceiling hike, but comparing her to then senator barak obama who did the same exact thing back in 2006. in an interv
of breg a. he had been drawn to the turmoil as rebels tried to overthrow moammar gadhafi. sharon never gave up. she even traveled overseas in a quest to find him. >> you were on a mission to find your son no matter what. >> he's a person who has a mother who is looking for him. i went to the libyan embassy and spoke to gadhafi's men. >> sharon has contacted the u.s. state department to give them new information about matthew. right now, he's amongst several americans, missing in libya. the u.s. state department is following the leads. so is congressman dutch ruppersberger. he introduced a bill to free matthew and all americans. >> we have allies who have relationships right now with the gadhafi government. and we will use those allies to try to help have him released and bring him back home. >> could still be a long process. and it's contingent upon how long gadhafi is in power. but the fact that i know he's alive, we just have to wait and hope that that terrible war is over soon. >> reporter: lauren fisher, matthew's girlfriend, who is a baltimore city schoolteacher called the news a
: matthew had been drawn to the turmoil to document history as rebels tried to overflow moammar gadhafi. knowing her son was a seasoned traveler in the middle east, sharon never gave up. she even traveled overseas in a quest to find him. >> you are on a mission to find your son mow matter what. >> he is a person with a mother who is out looking for him. i went to the libyan embassy and spoke to gadhafi's gadhafi's men. >> reporter: sharon has contacted the u.s. state department to give them new information about math mew. right now, he is among several americans missing in libya. >> reporter: congressman ruppersberger is trying to get him freed. >> we have a lot of negotiations to do with the gadhafi government. we have allies who will try to help have him released and bring him back home. >> it will still be a long process, contingent upon how long gadhafi is in power. but the fact that i know he's alive, we just have to wait and hope that that terrible war is over soon. >> reporter: sharon van dyke is on her way to california for a fundraiser for her son. she plans to donate the money
, in the nearly six-month-long libyan gone flikt. it is time for libyan rebels to negotiate with moammar gadhafi according to france. mike taibbi is imbembedded in libya. mike, what effect will this have, this statement by the french with the rebels? >> well, you talk about growing impatience, richard, certainly the rebel forces are becoming more and more impatient with what they think is nato's slow pace of support. to large extent, nato has plowed the road through the mountains and from the east through benghazi. but it's been reported for weeks and months the efforts of benghazi on the part of the rebel forces have come to a stalemate 700 to 800 miles east of the tripoli. here the rebel forces have suddenly become the story. they have come from a border crossing next door in tunisia to the border cross b and they've worked their way east and northeast through where we are right now up to zantine, to the east of us about 80 miles or so, and they're working there way towards the garrison town, a town still held by gadhafi forces. he's so intent, gadhafi is, to prove that he has loyal supporters
of the weekend meeting was to send a clear message to moammar gadhafi that he must go. the libyan side seeing things differently. the spokesman talking to cnn's ivan watson. here's his take. >> is this the first step. >> this is a first step. we welcome any further steps. we are prepared to talk more and explain what is happening in libya and take the matter forward. we don't want to be stuck in the past. >> the gadhafi spokesperson also told cnn that libyan troops will turn the oil city of bragga into hell rather than thlet it fall into hands of rebel forces. >>> the crews of the space station and "atlantis" had a ceremony yesterday to say good-b good-bye. the hatch was closed. at 2:28 eastern time, "atlantis" undocked from the international space station for the final time. "atlantis" is scheduled to touch down in florida at 5:56 a.m. eastern time on thursday, two days from now. early tomorrow morning the crew of the space shuttle "atlantis" will join us from up there live on "american morning" tomorrow morning at 5:00 a.m. eastern. >> also new this morning, the fbi is teaming up with spani
of the embattled libyan leader, moammar gadhafi. he was introduced as a, quote, victim of cologneammism. every since he was released back to the government here, he was treated like a hero here. >> what do we know about his health? he had been given three months to live, and now we are at the two-year mark or so. how is he doing? >> reporter: it appears he is alive, and he's part of an effort here by the gadhafi regime to attract support, and being challenged by three fronts on the ground by anti-gadhafi rebels. and the british foreign minister came out denouncing the medical evaluation used to release him, calling it worthless. just a day or two ago, britain's top diplomat said that it would be possible to work out some kind of a deal with libya in which gadhafi could be allowed to stay in libya if he agreed to step down from power. that seemed to be a step backwards from britain, which was repeated by france. today britain's top diplomat came out more forcefully announcing he would hand over the libyan regimes embassy in london to the rebel counsel in the east in the city of bengazie. announ
says its war planes took out a site used by gadhafi forces to launch missiles at civilians. leeland vitter streaming live. >> that nato air strike, of course, is one of many, but it certainly is one that is a welcome site here in misrata because over the past weeks that we have been here, there have been rockets coming into the various parts of town, especially the port, which is about five or six miles here over my left shoulder. the front lines have moved out a little bit further, which gives gadhafi's forces less civilian population to continue to pound the -- for the rebels, they're running a little low on ammunition, but still the men on the front lines are fighting with whatever they have. the pile nearly 20 feet high, the sand berm along this desert road to tripoli, gives these citizen soldiers their only cover as they try to push forward. we shielded ourselves behind a shipping container and then moved up to the very front line. this is the tip of the spear for the rebels and on the front line, there is a heavy exchange of fire. you get a sense of how fierce the battle is by
to resort to violence against his own people. moammar gadhafi moved quickly against his opponents and has been defiantly holding on despite four months of nato military strikes designed to weaken the military regime. while many talk about a frustrating stalemate, there's an indication of morale problems in the army that gadhafi is counting on to help him hold power. we found proof of this. >> reporter: the prisoners speak of shortages of food, fuel and ammunition, of a libyan army beginning to fall apart. mohammed, from mali, was captured by rebel fighters in last week. the morale of the army for a while now is gone, he says. in all units, there have been many desertions. more than half of the men in my unit deserted says 30-year-old jamal, a captain. all of the men we interviewed said they had no desire to fight and several referred to special units, many composed of naturalized libyans from sub-saharan africa whose job it is to kill anyone fleeing the front. whoever retreats is shot, says khalid, an 18-year army veteran. >> ben wedeman joins us. anyone who flees is shot. those are the s
featured people waving libyan flags and calling on nato to help the rebels fight against moammar gadhafi's government. the protestors say that the nato bombing is effective in stopping gadhafi's military from attacking its own people. >>> a memorial will be held in california tomorrow for former first lady, betty ford. she will then be brurd on thursday in michigan next to her husband, former president, gerald ford, at the gerald ford museum. mrs. ford died on friday. she may be best known for the rehabilitation center which bears her name. mrs. ford talked openly about her addiction to painkillers. the betty ford center has treated more than 90,000 people. >>> prince george's county police say they have made an arrest in a case on april 8th, firefighters were called to a bladensburg store that was on fire. they found the body of the owner, richard nam, inside. police believe that nam was murdered and then the fire was set in order to cover it up. investigators have charged 23- year-old ashley owens of chilham, maryland. according to documents, owens confessed to stabbing nam with a box
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